Eugene McGee: GAA funds should create jobs for emigrating youth
Published 15/11/2010 | 05:00
Recent reports from the Kerry County Board informed us that nearly 200 registered players from the Kingdom have emigrated so far this year to the four corners of the earth in search of work, as unemployment wraps its icy fingers around the best of our young people.
And we can be sure that similar pro-rata numbers are departing from every county in Ireland for the same reason, which means that several thousand GAA players will be missing from clubs throughout the land when the 2011 season comes around.
It is not putting it too strongly to state that this represents a catastrophe for hundreds of GAA clubs because the loss of even a handful of established players can undermine a club -- particularly small rural clubs -- with a very small catchment area, such as a sparsely populated parish or the many 'half-parishes' that exist in GAA land.